Growing up, I never dreamed I would have four kids. When Casey and I were dating, we discussed two, MAYBE three. I grew up with one brother, and Casey isn't from a large family either. We had Clare, and things were going as planned. Then, we found out I was expecting twins, and we were instantly parents of three kids.
After we had the girls, we decided to fully embrace the bigger family and have one more. I am so glad we did. Graham has been such a bright light in our family, and I can't imagine us without him.
To some, four kids may not be a big family, but before I had any kids, four seemed like a ton. Now, it is my normal. To me, it is not just four kids, it's Clare, Jane, Sydney and Graham. They are each more than just a number, they are an irreplaceable part of our family.
I love thinking about future holidays, and imagining our house full of our kids and their families, a house bustling with activitiy. Kelly Corrigan in The Middle Place, talking about big families, says:
He doesn't know how noise becomes music. He doesn't know that five or six people can be moving in and out of the kitchen-doing dishes, wrapping leftovers, picking at the pie pan-and you can feel someone squeeze your shoulders and not even need to see who it because any one of them is welcome to give you a little encouraging rub and any one of them would.
I look forward to watching my kids grow up together, and I pray that they will always be close and always love the big family from which they came!